The Doctor Is In: Health risks associated with diet soda

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Many people are deciding to give up diet sodas. Maybe you weren`t hitting your weight-loss goals or couldn`t stomach that long list of suspicious ingredients anymore. Or perhaps you heard one too many times that it`s just not good for you.

KPLR's Dr. Sonny Saggar discusses soda, and why it might be a good idea to just stop it totally.

Health risks associated with diet soda consumption:

Teeth: Diet sodas increase tooth decay because of their strong acidity.

Mood: Four cans of diet soda daily, makes you 30% more likely to develop depression.

Heart: Just one daily diet soda increases heart attack risk by 43%, in a 2012 study.

Kidneys: Two diet sodas daily doubles the risk of kidney disease, in a study of 3,000 women.

Weight: Each daily diet soda increases your risk of obesity by 41%

Reproduction: Soda bottles and cans contain the chemical bpa which alters hormones and decreases fertility in both men and women.

Diabetes: One daily diet soda is associated with a 67% increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Migraines disappear and focus sharpens.

The caffeine-withdrawal headaches you expect from quitting diet soda won`t often materialize. And when you've finally quit the stuff, you`ll find yourself thinking clearly for the first time in a while.

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